Top Five Wish List Items for Home Buyers

Whether you’re buying your first home or a place to retire, there are features you want in your new home. From stainless steel appliances to recording studios, we have heard a wide range of ideas. We’re here to help you find the home that matches your wish list the best so you can make your house a home. If you get some or all of them is dependent on a variety of factors including your budget, your bank-approved loan amount, availability of homes and availability of the features on your wish list.

Here are the top five wish list items for home buyers:

  1. Modern appliances –Most often the wish is for stainless steel as they are not only stylish, they offer durability which is important especially if you’re a growing family.
  2. Curb appeal – Most buyers don’t want to have to clean a yard that someone else let get overgrown. Not only is curb appeal important but the back yard being clean is also important.
  3. Schools – Even investors and single people seek homes in good school districts. The presence of schools indicates families with longevity and an investment in the neighborhood. This helps with everyone’s resale values.
  4. Updated kitchen and bathrooms – Renovating the kitchen and bathroom is the best way for sellers to increase the amount for which they can sell their home. These are the most expensive home improvement costs that will yield the most in a sale. Buyers are incurring the purchase cost and in many cases want a modern, move-in ready home.
  5. Space, not rooms – Home buyers today are concerned more with how to use the space of the home than with the number of rooms. A living room that can double as an office is more valuable than other options, for example.

At DVG Realty we pride ourselves on understanding the real estate needs of our clients. Contact us today to learn how we can help you find the home of your dreams!

5 Fun Summer Activities in Omaha

Whether you’re looking for outdoor fun, shopping or art, Omaha offers summer activities for everyone! July is the hottest month of the year making air-conditioned summer movies and museum events popular. With an average temperature near 80 degrees, the evenings offer a break from the heat for those seeking shopping and nightlife opportunities.

Here are five summer activities in Omaha that we think you will enjoy:

  1. Marcus Theatres is offering $2 movies at 10 am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings now through August 15th. Grab the family for an air-conditioned movie!
  2. Family Fun in Omaha is sharing free and low-cost fun ideas for the family on their website and on their Facebook page.
  3. Old Market District Omaha is an historic district now filled with shopping, dining and nightlife including live music. The area offers something for everyone.
  4. Join us July 11th at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts for the First Thursday Art Talk. Additional events are happening throughout the month. Visit the website to learn more.
  5. The Omaha Summer Fun page on Facebook offers a variety of fun and family friendly activities for the whole family. They are, like us, simply trying to get the word out about great activities happening locally. Check their page for updates.

Stay cool and remember DVG Realty for all of your real estate needs!

Three Home improvements that will Boost Your Profits

Potential home buyers often have a list of features they would like their new home to have. They may even be willing to pay a little more for these features in their new home. As you decide to sell your home, there are home improvements to consider that will significantly increase your home’s value. While you will spend money to make these changes, you will get the return when your home sells faster and for more money than similar homes in your area.

Here are three home improvements that will boost your profits:

  1. Doorway to Success: After years of wear and tear it may be time to replace your old front door. A new door and can vastly improve the look and feel and security of a home. These are attractive to buyers.
  2. See the Light: Open floor plans are more modern and sought after than older closed floor plans. Consider opening your home to let in more natural sunlight by knocking down walls or adding a skylight. New home buyers prefer the open floor plan as it makes for better socializing and family time.
  3. From the Bottom Up: Finishing a basement will add substantial value to your home whether you add an apartment or family living space.

Investing time and money into home improvements can result in an increase in the value of your home. Giving your home the upgrades and features that are desirable to potential buyers may result in a quicker and more profitable sale of your home. Visit the DVG Realty Facebook page and contact us for all of your real estate needs!

Tips for Taking the Stress Out of Moving

Moving to a new home can be exciting but it can also be stressful. Hiring movers or getting friends to help, sorting through and packing your belongings, worrying about breakables and setting up your new floor plan are all issues that can add worry to your moving process. Keeping organized is key to a less stressful move.

Here are some tips for taking the stress out of moving:

  1. Avoid Heartbreak: Over the years we accumulate many items including fragile collectibles or antiques. An eco-friendly way to pack these special items is to wrap them in your own bath towels or thick blankets rather than using traditional packing materials like bubble wrap. Do not make the boxes too heavy as they are more likely to get dropped by their carrier.
  2. Be Fair to Friends:  If you are going to have friends help you with your move, help them by being organized on moving day. Finish packing before moving day. Label boxes so your movers can easily identify in which room they belong. It will save the hassle and stress of moving boxes more than once. If there are items you will need immediately you can mark them as Unpack First for the big moving truck or carry them in a smaller vehicle. Immediate items might be your overnight bag of personal essentials and sheets for your bed. Providing drinks and food to your friends is a great way tot thank them for their efforts.
  3. It’s All in the Plan: Moving to a new home usually means that you will have large pieces of furniture that need to go with you. Since most furniture is heavy, you won’t want to move it again once it’s put down in your new home. To avoid re-positioning, visit your new home before moving day and take along a pencil and paper. Determine where your furniture will go in each room, and make a sketch of each room. Labeling each piece of furniture in your sketch will make it easier for your movers or friends on moving day. Keep your sketches handy so that they don’t get packed!

Moving day can be easier and less stressful with some planning and organization, and we hope these three tips get you off to a good start! Visit our DVG Realty Facebook page for help with all of your real estate needs.

4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

Potential home buyers often start their search when the warm, sunny weather returns. They determine their budget, scour the listings for potential homes, and make plans to attend open houses. If you want those buyers to decide that your home is the perfect fit, there are several things you can do to sell your home faster.

4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

  1. Choose Your Words Wisely: Describe the home you are selling adequately and without exaggeration. Describe amenities that might not be obvious to a passer-by, such as a scenic view from multiple rooms, oversized garage and stainless steel appliances.
  2. Price it Right: Research selling prices of comparable homes in the area. Visit open houses to see what current sellers are asking for their homes. Selling prices in a neighborhood may fluctuate depending on the local economy and the demand for houses on the market.
  3. Picture Perfect: An effective way to attract buyers is by adding photos to the listing. Use adequate lighting with a camera that produces good quality pictures. Using a wide-angle lens will give prospective buyers a more complete view of your home and its surroundings but you may also choose to add a video tour to your home listing.
  4. Keep it Simple: When you are you staging your home in preparation for open houses, try to keep the decor and colors buyer-friendly. Though you may like bright, bold paint colors on the walls they do not appeal to everyone, and may cause some visitors to lose interest. Neutral colors and less personal décor will aid you in getting offers from potential buyers.

By writing an accurate and engaging home listing, researching before you price, and keeping your staging style simple you are on the way to selling your home faster. Be sure to check out our other blogs for more great tips, and contact us http://dvgrealty.com/contact-us/ for help with all of your real estate needs.

Three Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Springtime means a fresh start and new beginnings. For homeowners it means taking time to deep clean the house, change the comforter to a lighter quilt and adding fresh flowers to the kitchen table décor. 

Three Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

  1. Enjoy the View when you take time outdoors to enjoy the longer, sunnier days. You can also enjoy the view when your home has clean windows. An inexpensive and eco-friendly option is to combine one part vinegar and two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the windows and wipe clean with newspaper while you enjoy the view!
  2. Desirable Dining Table: Make the dining room table ready for spring by placing a mirrored tray in the center. Arrange white or pale pink roses in a vase filled with water. Place the vase in the center of the mirrored tray. Arrange small votive candles on the tray around the vase. The aroma of the fresh flowers and the warm glow of the candles creates a warm, relaxing environment for you and your guests.
  3. Lighten Up: Now that winter has passed, it is time to add warmth and softness to your home decor. Remove heavy comforters and replace with lightweight colored quilts. Consider changing heavy drapes for a lighter, sunny day friendly option. This is also an opportunity to clean both sets of window coverings. Add the finishing touch by placing a vase of fresh flowers on the nightstand!

The great part about these three ways to get your home ready for spring is the low cost and limited time spent to create a lighter, sunnier environment.

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Three Quick Fixes to Give Your Home Curb Appeal

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“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is true on a job interview, and when you want to attract potential buyers to your home. Since people will first see your home from the street, the exterior and the yard (if you have one) need to be attractive. This attraction to the outside of a home is known as curb appeal and we have come up with three quick fixes to give your home curb appeal.

Three Quick Fixes to Give Your Home Curb Appeal

  1. Step it Up: A clean, attractive entrance to your home will make it more inviting for potential buyers. Sweeping the walkway and front steps, giving the front door a fresh coat of paint, and adding some potted plants or flowers on either side of the doorway are simple touches that can make a big impact. If your steps are bordered by railings, make sure that the railings are also clean, and give them a fresh coat of paint if needed. Outdoor lighting on either side of your door and pathway adds ambiance while making nighttime travels safer.
  2. On the Fence: It is often said that people dream of that perfect  house with the white, picket fence- so why not let them see it? A fence around your yard adds charm and curb appeal, especially to families with dogs or young children who may be specifically looking for a fenced-in yard. You can add a gate at the front leading to your walkway for added charm and visitor entry. If you already have a fence, make sure it is clean and freshly painted.
  3. Window Whimsy: One final way to add curb appeal to your home is by freshening up the windows at the front of the house. Once you have cleaned the windows, you can add charm on the outside by mounting flower boxes and filling them with colorful blooms of your choice. Make sure you water the flower boxes regularly to prevent wilting. Shutters- in a color to suit the color and style of your home -can be hung on either side of each window for added charm as well.

By doing a little cleaning, painting, and decorating you can add a lot of curb appeal to your home. This will result in more people stopping to take a good look, and will help to increase the traffic at your upcoming open houses.

Contact DVG Realty- http://dvgrealy.com – for help with all of your real estate needs.

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Which Type of Real Estate Investment Suits You?

Buying real estate as an investment property can be a great way to earn additional income, either immediately or in the future.The three categories of investments are: properties purchased to be rented out, to renovate for sale, and to renovate and rent out. Before making a decision to purchase, you should examine the pros and cons and determine which type of real estate investment suits you. In order to help you make the best decision, here are some things you should know about  investment properties:

Real Estate = Big Money

Real Estate = Big Money (Photo credit: thinkpanama)

Which Type of Real Estate Investment Suits You?

  1. Property purchased to rent out: One option for real estate investment is to purchase a home to rent to tenants. Before you decide to purchase a rental property, determine the costs involved beyond just the purchase price; consider taxes, insurance, maintenance and repairs as well. Some people choose to look for discounted or foreclosed properties as these can be a great value for the money. Another option is to purchase a duplex, live in one half of the house, and rent out the other half. Regardless of the type of home or the price, make sure you look for the best possible tenants. Ask for references from current and former landlords so you know if the tenant has been responsible with payments. You can also perform a credit check to verify their bill-paying responsibility. A home purchased in move-in condition and rented out can provide extra income in a relatively short amount of time.
  2. Property purchased to renovate and sell: Another real estate investment option is to purchase a property, renovate it, and sell it- hopefully for a profit. Commonly called ‘flipping’, this process is great for those who are skilled at remodeling and repair, and can generate income in a short time. Renovating a house can allow you to be your own boss and allow family members to work together on various tasks, but there are some points to consider. Purchasing and renovating a home can be costly, so you need to be sure that you know when to buy, find a good deal, and know when to sell. Be sure that you have done your research, and that you have a real estate agent to help you along the way.
  3. Property purchased to renovate and rent out: The last real estate investment option is to purchase a property, renovate it, and rent it out. When you ‘flip’ a property and sell it, your profits are immediate- one payment for the cost of the property. When you renovate to rent out, your profits will be earned over weeks or months in the form of rent payments. As with ‘flipping’, this type of renovation may require substantial investment in the beginning, so you need to weigh that against the potential profits. Determine the desire for rental properties in that area, and research the rent charged for similar properties. If the cost of renovation is reasonable and the rental income is suitable for you, this may be a great investment option.

Real estate investment can be both risky and rewarding, so you need to do the research and weigh the pros and cons before buying any property. Determining which type of investment suits you may take some time, but the rewards will be worth it.

Contact us at DVG Realty  – http://dvgrealty.com – for all of your real estate needs!

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10 De-Cluttering Tips for Real Estate Sellers and Buyers

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, there is great value to de-cluttering your home. Over time you have collected a variety of furniture, clothing and decorations. Maybe your family has grown to include children creating new things to store in the garage, attic and closets. Taking time to de-clutter will add value to the home and make moving to your new home easier.

Here are 10 De-Cluttering Tips for Real Estate Sellers and Buyers: 

  1. Keep, Recycle, Throw Away or Give Away: These should be the only piles that you have as you go through your home room by room. Each item must go into one of these categories. No “maybe” pile. Make a decision and stick to it.
  2. Remember a lot of what you have is stuff with little or no sentimental value. What you are doing is creating space for new experiences and items when you de-clutter the old.
  3. Eat the elephant one bite at a time: Start small. Take one room, one closet, one drawer at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with the project.
  4. One In, One Out: To help you now and in the future, remove one item when you buy a new, similar item. This will cut down on how much is accumulated. Buy a pair of shoes. Get rid of a pair of shoes, for example.
  5. If you acquired an item to refurbish or fix it and it hasn’t happened yet, consider donating the item rather than moving it.
  6. Boxes you haven’t opened since the last move: Consider throwing them away without opening them. You haven’t missed the items since your last move so odds are you won’t miss them if you throw them away now.
  7. If you haven’t worn an item in a season, give it away. Chances are you’re never going to wear it again.
  8. Donate items like blankets and towels to animal rescue shelters where they will surely be put to good use.
  9. Hazardous waste like paint and motor oil should be disposed of properly. Check your local guidelines.
  10. Hobby supplies like crafting, scrapbooking, knitting, model cars/planes can be donated to organizations that will put them to good use. Maybe your local community center or church would like your scrapbooking items for a project or program.

The trick to de-cluttering for real estate buyers and sellers is to get rid of things you haven’t used since your last move. Why spend the energy to move items you aren’t using. Save yourself the hassle and make space in your new home!

7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home

English: Council Bluffs, Iowa. Near Main and B...

English: Council Bluffs, Iowa. Near Main and Broadway. Old downtown area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are several things to consider before buying a home. From the neighborhood to school district to the term of your investment, it’s important to have a real estate agent help you through the process. We can help research financing options as well as specifics about the neighborhoods in which you are interested.

Here are seven things to consider before buying a home:

  1. Home Inspection: Consider the big items like heating and cooling, flooring and structural issues that may be uncovered upon inspection. This will impact the offer you make on the home or if you even make an offer. If the cost of fixing things like the roof is too much you may walk away in favor of another option.
  2. Visit the area at all times of day: What looks like a great neighborhood during the day could prove the opposite on an evening visit. This is especially true if you’re looking to purchase a condominium or townhome.
  3. Make note of the neighbors’ homes on either side of your potential new home as well as the homes across the street. The house you’re considering might be a dream home on the inside but what do you see out the front door? It could tell you a lot about the neighborhood.
  4. Long-term Investment: If you’re only going to be in an area for a few years you may not want to buy a home. It’s a lot of money for a down payment and mortgage payments. In a relatively volatile real estate market you could risk losing money on your investment.
  5. Rental Property: On the other hand, if you’re not staying in the home long-term, consider making it a rental property in the future. That would protect your investment. Be sure the area is zoned for rental properties before making the purchase.
  6. School District: Even if you don’t have children, consider the school district. It will help if you rent or sell the property in the future. Good school districts typically yield good neighbors and good home prices.
  7. Professional Advice: As with any large financial decision, it is important to consult with a real estate agent for your home purchase.

Our team at DVG Realty can help you through the process of buying a home and with all of your real estate needs.

Contact us today to find out the available properties in the Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA areas.

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